Friday, Feb. 7, 2003

El Patio: Authentic Spanish cuisine arrives at El Patio

The very long, slender second floor of the restaurant lends itself beautifully to the heel clicking, skirt flashing, all smiles dancer. Tall, dark Asturia, with a black and white polka dot skirt, long fringed black shawl around the waist and black lace shrug, covers the distance with style, then adds a castanet finale. This takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday as you sample tapas hot and tapas cold before lifting the round paella pan's cover and savoring El Patio's Spanish cuisine. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003

Neighbor to Neighbor: Boro residents bundle up in unheated homes

What was that they were saying last year about global warming? As I remember, there were many dire predictions that all the earth’s ice would melt. The result would mean disaster to areas near oceans. Comment.

Road work in College Pt. causing headaches, delays

To the annoyance of residents and business owners, the city has begun its project to replace old sewer lines in the southern portion of College Point. Comment.

Biz leaders hope to get parking lot

Although they have struggled to find a lot, Whitestone business leaders still hope they can acquire space for additional parking as part of their revitalization plans for the area's business district. Comment.

Burnt electric cable cuts power to hundreds in Little Neck area

A burning electrical cable under the Long Island Expressway in Little Neck left hundreds of customers out of power for just over an hour Friday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, police said. Comment.

To The Point: Crime prevention night slated for College Point

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The birds and squirrels are still wearing their mufflers and trying to keep the warmth all wrapped around. Comment.

Senior crime victims lose lifeline in ‘Safe City’ cuts

After she was robbed of $2,000 about three years ago, Mary Elizabeth King, 72, turned to her senior center in the Pomonok Neighborhood Center in Flushing. The center provided her with counseling and helped her file a claim with the state to recover some of the stolen money. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Terrariums hook those fishing for indoor crafts

To no one’s surprise, the coldest winter in a decade is an absolute “downer.” My winter houseplant projects have reached the maintenance stage, and I am thus ready to embark into some unchartered territory. Comment.

Students aid in restoration of historic Bowne property

Students at Bowne High School have banded together to raise funds for the restoration of their school’s namesake, the Bowne House, the oldest structure in Queens. Comment.

Struggling youth eye future in College Pt.

Two years ago, Jose Ramirez, an 18-year-old resident of Corona, dropped out of Flushing High School. He was bored with his classes, more interested in basketball and his music. Comment.

Padavan, Maltese slam mayor’s education plan

State Sens. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) met with fellow Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Albany Monday after voicing their opposition two weeks ago to his school reform proposal on the grounds that he had assumed powers the state never authorized. Comment.

Boro reacts with shock, grief at shuttle disaster

When seconds turned to minutes Saturday morning as the space shuttle Columbia failed to appear on time for its landing in Florida, Dr. Uma Mysorekar was watching. Comment.

Biz leaders hope to get parking lot

Although they have struggled to find a lot, Whitestone business leaders still hope they can acquire space for additional parking as part of their revitalization plans for the area’s business district. Comment.

Caffe on the Green owner apologizes to Asian patron

The owner of Caffe on the Green publicly apologized Friday to a Chinese woman assaulted in a confrontation with customers at another table who made anti-Asian remarks in the nearly empty restaurant late on the evening of Jan. 3. Comment.

CB 11 resolved to oppose demise of school districts

Community Board 11 passed a resolution at its monthly meeting Monday urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and local elected officials to stop the clock on eliminating community school districts until the public weighs in on any changes to the city’s school organization. Comment.

Queensbridge’s Melissa Del Valle’s rough road to boxing glory

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — There haven’t been many shortcuts for Melissa Del Valle; she likes the long route. Comment.

Queens College students protest CUNY rate hikes

Standing in front of cardboard gravestones declaring the death of higher education, dozens of Queens College students last Thursday spoke out against tuition hikes and cuts in financial aid slated for public colleges across the state. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Rachele Burriesci

School: The Mary Louis Academy Comment.

Queensborough men fall to Dutchess CC, 93-82

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — It was the loudest sound the Queensborough men’s basketball team made Saturday afternoon. Comment.

Queens snaps 3-game skid with win over Southampton

Carnell Campbell had plenty of time to think about the importance of last Thursday’s game at Southampton as the Queens College men’s basketball team took the two-hour trek on the LIE nearly to the end of Long Island. Comment.

Lady Knights come up short against Lady Colonials, 64-59

Erin White was cold, and it had nothing to do with the temperature at Southampton College. Comment.

Ingram, Red Storm blow by Hurricanes, 77-74

Sunday proved to be the coming out party for Elijah Ingram, the freshman point guard for the St. John’s University men’s basketball team. The high school All-American out of St. Anthony’s (N.J.) scored a career-high 21 points, including 5-of-7 from three to lead the Red Storm to a thrilling 77-74 win over the University of Miami Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

Sacred Heart Bantam ‘B’ boys win three straight, tied for first

In the first game, Sacred Heart defeated the Our Lady of the Snows ‘A’ team, 27-24, in overtime. Kevin Montoya led with 15 points, followed by Jason Chan with 7 points and 13 rebounds. Comment.

St. Andrew’s 7th graders save best basketball until the end

The makeup of this game was different. Big Green was moving well, passing the ball crisply and played tough under the boards, even though Holy Family had three players bigger than St. Andrew’s biggest. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Just take the money and run

I have seen a lot in my years here at the TimesLedger, every sort of high school sports charade imaginable. Almost. For while I have seen some truly gifted athletes, never have I seen one as talented as LeBron James. And never have I seen the circus surrounding the Ohio basketball star before. Comment.

Beach Channel edges Martin for Borough crown

Cardozo boys’ basketball coach Ron Naclerio sat in the nearly empty bleachers at Elmcor Wednesday afternoon wishing the Judges were on the court facing Beach Channel for the Queens Borough championship. Comment.

Cardozo forfeits spot in Queens Borough Champions

Partially because of Vic Morris, the Cardozo boys’ basketball team was slated to play Beach Channel in the Queens Borough championship game Tuesday at Elmcor. Comment.

Borough activists protest possible conflict with Iraq

More than a hundred Queens peace activists attended a teach-in seminar last week in Sunnyside where panelists discussed the possibility of a war with Iraq and presented peaceful alternatives to a military confrontation with the Middle Eastern nation. Comment.

Francis Lewis girls win Queens Championship

There was a time, probably in the mid-1990s, when Mike Eisenberg and the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team would have been ecstatic about beating August Martin and winning a Queens Borough championship. Comment.

Lewis girls team stuns defending ‘B’ state champs

Enter Our Lady of Lourdes, the three-time defending Class B state Federation champions. Comment.

Full roster can’t help CK hold off St. Ray’s

Published reports, widespread speculation and rampant rumors surrounded the Christ the King boys varsity basketball team, heading into Friday night’s much-anticipated match-up with the St. Raymond’s Ravens at the Middle Village school. Comment.

Kennedy leads St. Francis past stubborn Molloy, 61-59

Caitlin Kennedy connected on two free throws with 27.9 seconds remaining in regulation to give St. Francis Prep a one-point lead over league rival Archbishop Molloy Monday en route to a dramatic 61-59 victory. Comment.

Holy Cross settles for 2-2 tie with St. Joseph by the Sea

There’s a fine line between aggression and overaggression, but the Holy Cross hockey team couldn’t find that line Friday at Abe Stark Rink on Coney Island. Comment.

College Round-up: Mims scores 21 to lead Quinnipiac over LIU, 80-69

It didn’t take Kason Mims long to make an impact for the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team in a Northeast Conference showdown with Long Island University Monday night in Hamden, Conn. Comment.

White House Restaurant clips Dr. Mussaffi

In a close game, White House Restaurant beat Dr. Donald Mussaffi, Chiropractor, 10-9. Whitehouse played hard against the tough Mussaffi defense. Scoring for White House was Corinne Lippert with 5 points, Jessica Piccolino with 2 points, Theresa Schwenk with 2 points and Rei Lem with 1 point. Scoring for Mussaffi was Inum Khan, and Samantha MacNamara. Comment.

Flushing Y gymnastics team qualifies athletes for states

All members of the team achieved the all-around scores necessary to qualify for the USA Gymnastics State Championships to be held in Buffalo, N.Y. on March 22. Comment.

Proposed city budget cuts would slash boro services

The age-old battle of the budgets waged every year between city and state leaders got off to a rocky start last week as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki unveiled widely differing plans to close multibillion-dollar gaps but still fund essential services. Comment.

Pre-k comes under fire

Queens politicians and educators were quick to criticize Gov. George Pataki’s proposal to cut the state’s education budget by $1.24 billion, which could mean the elimination of both universal pre-kindgarten and funds to reduce large class sizes in the borough. Comment.

Boro’s furry weather dogs predict extended cold spell

Flushing Meadows Phil and Corona Kate defied the predictions of frost-weary children by catching a glimpse of their rotund shadows Sunday, dooming the borough to six more weeks of an already brutal winter. Comment.

Boro fair, Mets eyed for $

In an attempt to raise revenue, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed bringing county fairs to the city and suggested Flushing Meadows Corona Park as one possible location. Comment.

2 firehouses may close

The fate of two borough firehouses that only months ago were slated for closure remains in limbo as the city puts together a panel to assess how the Fire Department can trim its budget. Comment.

Drop in funding could mean hike in crime: Brown

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and city Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said they are concerned about the impact that budget cuts will have on the number of uniformed officers in the police force and the fight for public safety. Comment.

Parking tickets would stop cop layoffs

Queens drivers who hope that traffic enforcement officers will not catch expired parking meters are in for a disappointment with the planned hiring of 300 more traffic agents to issue parking tickets in congested areas around the city. Comment.

African Art museum chosen as cultural site of the month

The Museum for African Art is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture. It is recognized worldwide as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions and devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary African art. Comment.

Crime historian shows taste of mob lives

On the snowy afternoon of Jan. 29, Ellen Poulsen, author of “Don’t Call Us Molls” (Clinton Cook Pub.) came to the Woodhaven Historical Society and gave a slide show lecture “Crime Does Not Pay,” that extolled the vices of the original gangsters. Comment.

Want answers? Queens Library has the information

Check out these helpful programs coming all month to a library branch near you. Admission is free. Comment.

Get inside Queens arts throughout the winter

The Queens organizations offering these special one-hour explorations are. Comment.

AMMI brings in 2 top directors for previews, film conversations

On Sunday, Alan Parker (“Mississippi Burning,” “Fame,” “The Commitments”) will speak after a screening of “The Life of David Gale,” a riveting thriller starring Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, and Kate Winslet. On Monday, February 9, David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch, Videodrome, Crash) will speak after a screening of Spider, his adaptation of Patrick McGrath's nightmarish novel, starring Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, and Vanessa Redgrave. Screening locations and ticket information are listed below. Comment.

Astoria’s AMMI celebrates dual-mode films

After the introduction of sound in the late 1920s, and before all movie theaters were converted for sound, many films were made in both silent and sound versions. Consisting of six double-feature programs of important films shown in both their silent and sound versions, this retrospective is the first of its kind. Peter Dowd, the Museum’s Curator of Film, tracked down restored and preserved prints from archives around the world. Comment.

Boro’s new Family Court opens on Jamaica Avenue

Queens got its first new Family Court building in more than 30 years Tuesday, trading a dark, cramped converted library branch for a four-story structure with modern courtrooms, spacious waiting rooms and lots of light. Comment.

Rockaways see red in ‘Vemilion’ exhibition

The Rockaway Artists Alliance has once again put on a stellar show with its latest exhibit, “Vermilion,” now at sTudio 6 at Fort Tilden. Comment.

Dining Out: Authentic Spanish cuisine arrives at El Patio

40-09 Bell Blvd. Bayside Comment.

Using body art as a form of self-expression

For tattoo artists Derrick Verley and Ville Murdock, covering flesh with their intricate designs is just one way to continue doing what they love best: Drawing. Comment.

LaGuardia HS artist headed to DC for leader meet

Nicoletta Karvelas is an aspiring artist from Astoria who dreams of earning a living with her paintbrush. Comment.

Bronx man admits to rape of woman in Astoria home

A Bronx man pleaded guilty last week to raping a woman in Astoria over the course of three hours last year after she discovered him inside her apartment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

JetBlue reports profits despite industry losses

The Queens-based discount airline JetBlue has reported a substantial increase in profits for the fourth quarter of 2002 at a time of financial distress in most of the airline industry. Comment.

How’s Business?: Corporate conduct

So you want to be a member of the board of directors. Why not? It sounds exciting enough, and it’s a good way to make a few extra dollars with some prestige. There is the opportunity to socialize with the company president, and it is a nice addition to your resume. Comment.

Brooklyn man, 52, killed crossing Queens Blvd.

A Brooklyn man died Saturday night after being struck by a medallion taxi while crossing Queens Boulevard against the light, about 130 feet away from the 57th Avenue crosswalk in Elmhurst, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation said. Comment.

Senior crime victims lose lifeline in ‘Safe City’ cuts

After she was robbed of $2,000 about three years ago, Mary Elizabeth King, 72, turned to her senior center in the Pomonok Neighborhood Center in Flushing. The center provided her with counseling and helped her file a claim with the state to recover some of the stolen money. Comment.

Brooklyn man, 52, killed crossing Queens Blvd.

A Brooklyn man died Saturday night after being struck by a medallion taxi while crossing Queens Boulevard against the light, about 130 feet away from the 57th Avenue crosswalk in Elmhurst, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation said. Comment.

Forest Hills teen moves up as finalist in Intel contest

A Forest Hills Bronx High School student and a Bayside Stuyvesant High School student were among the 40 students nationwide who were chosen as finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition last week. Comment.

Business Calender

Feb. 5 - Queens Chamber of Commerce in Cooperation With The Manufacturers Association of New York City – Queens Exports - Action Session – Topic: Trade Shows – Meeting to be held at the Queens Chamber Offices, 5-7 p.m. 718-898-8500 Comment.

Feds seize 2 tons of cocaine in Maspeth warehouse, van

Federal investigators last week seized more than two tons of cocaine with a street value of $120 million from a Maspeth warehouse and van, arresting four men - including two Glendale residents - on drug-selling charges, authorities said. Comment.

Padavan, Maltese slam mayor’s education plan

State Sens. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) met with fellow Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Albany Monday after voicing their opposition two weeks ago to his school reform proposal on the grounds that he had assumed powers the state never authorized. Comment.

Ozone Park school thanks Weiner for securing funds

Administrators, parents and schoolchildren came out Monday to PS 63 in Ozone Park to thank U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) for his help in securing more than $3 million in federal education funds for the school and $32 million for all magnet schools in his 9th Congressional District. Comment.

DA: Fraud defendant hired hits

A former car dealership sales manager from Howard Beach has been indicted for allegedly trying to hire an undercover police hitman to kill two former co-workers he believed would testify against him on charges he embezzled $50,000, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Saturday, Feb. 15 - The Bayside Historical Society holds a luncheon tea honoring former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman in an event called “Hats Off to Claire,” featuring vintage hats with musical accompaniment. Officers Club at Fort Totten, Grand Ballroom, at 1 p.m. RSVP: 1-718-352-1548 by Feb. 7 Comment.

Airline puts the brakes on JFK terminal project

American Airlines has decided to slow construction on its terminal renovation project at Kennedy Airport after reporting a $2 billion net loss in 2002, an airline spokesman said. Comment.

Feds install Doppler Radar to detect weather at JFK

The Federal Aviation Administration has installed a Doppler Radar system atop a controversial tower to detect adverse weather such as wind shear that caused a jetliner crash at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1975. Comment.

Police Blotter: Off-duty corrections officer foils attempts to steal his car in Laurelton

LAURELTON — An off-duty corrections officer failed to catch two men he found breaking into his car Tuesday, police said. Comment.

State says deal to clean up toxin under PS 65 likely

A deal to clean up a carcinogenic plume that has contaminated groundwater underneath PS 65 in Ozone Park could be finalized as soon as next week, a state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman said. Comment.

Queens students named to finals in Intel competition

A Bayside Stuyvesant High School student and a Forest Hills Bronx High School of Science student were among the 40 students nationwide to be chosen as finalists last week in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition. Comment.

Man drove cheaper fuel thru Qns. for resale: DA

A Brooklyn tanker driver was arrested last week while trying to smuggle thousands of gallons of untaxed gasoline into Queens, the district attorney's office and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said. Comment.

Editorial: The right thing

In the end, the officials responsible for the Lunar New Year celebration and parade did the right thing but just barely. The parade organizers, most of them from mainland China, allowed the members of the Falun Gong religious movement to march in this year’s parade through Flushing. Comment.

Boro HS expels seniors accused of raping teen

Four senior boys from Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village were expelled Friday after a female classmate accused them of gang-raping her last fall, an allegation that has yet to lead to any criminal charges, authorities said. Comment.

Tietz nursing center plans unit for short-term rehab

The Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 200-bed residential health care facility in Jamaica that currently serves mostly people age 70 and older, will open a 14-bed, short-term rehabilitation unit Friday that serves younger patients in their 40s and 50s as well as older adults. Comment.

Editorial: An eye on group homes

At long last the politicians of Queens have taken an important step in addressing the problem of community facilities in the borough. The city and state have agreed to form a task force that will monitor the placement of facilities such as group homes in the borough at the request of southeast Queens lawmakers. Comment.

Falun Gong parade march in Flushing goes smoothly

Two days after the parade's organizing committee decided to admit the controversial group, Falun Gong practitioners marched peacefully in Flushing's Lunar New Year Festival. Comment.

Little Neck market opens to area residents’ delight

The festive sounds of a brass band ushered in the opening of Stop & Shop's Little Neck store last week at a reception the night before its first day in business where the supermarket was welcomed into a neighborhood that had waited more than two years for its arrival. Comment.

Editorial: No central planning

No less than three politicians representing federal, state and city government joined a rally last week to protest the planned closing of a Foodtown supermarket on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside. The store has lost its lease and will most likely be replaced by a drugstore that can generate a larger profit in the limited space. Comment.

Giuliani book signing in Bayside draws boro admirers

A book signing by Rudolph Giuliani at the Bay Terrace Barnes & Noble last Thursday drew a throng of admirers who lined up around the bookstore for a chance to meet "America's mayor." Comment.

Boro Chinese mourn couple slain at home

Flushing residents and political leaders mourned Josephine and Shan Lin this week, an influential Republican couple well-known among Flushing's Chinese community who were found murdered in their Brooklyn apartment on Jan. 28. Comment.

Heart attack kills senior from Bayside in his car

An 88-year-old Oakland Gardens man was discovered dead in his car Monday morning by staff from the Bayside Senior Center who came to check on him, police said. Comment.

Year of Ram welcomed with pop of firecrackers

Downtown Flushing burst into a melee of sound Saturday as the borough welcomed the start of the Year of the Ram with the pop of firecrackers and the tromping of feet. Comment.

Bayside student named to finals in Intel competition

A Bayside Stuyvesant High School student and a Forest Hills Bronx High School of Science student were among the 40 students nationwide to be chosen as finalists last week in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition. Comment.

Jamaica merchant shot to death in grocery store

Mohammed Alamgir was the kind of beloved local merchant who let his customers buy groceries with verbal currency, giving nothing more than the promise to pay him later. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: African folktales teach kids valuable lessons

February is Black History Month, a time for the media (including your humble columnist) to recount the accomplishments of many African-American icons who are prominent in black history. This year, Gloria — forever a kindergarten teacher — convinced me to write something for children. So, kids, I present to you two folktales from Zaire, a country in Africa. Pay attention because I will quiz you later. Comment.

SD 25 super looks to past as model for regional post

The District 25 superintendent selected by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to head a new regional school division that includes Staten Island and Brooklyn said she plans to structure her future job on positive lessons from the past. Comment.

Syphilis cases spike in city, low in Queens

Syphilis cases in New York City rose by 50 percent last year, which the Health Department blamed on an a lack of safe sex practices among men. Queens reported the fewest cases citywide after Staten Island. Comment.

York College celebrates Black History with read-in

York College kicked off Black History Month this week by becoming a link in the 14th annual African-American Read-In Chain celebrating literacy and minority authors. Comment.

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